03/04/2003 at 01:00 AM EST
Michael Jackson wears a fake nose to cover two mummy-like holes in his face that were caused by years of plastic surgery, Vanity Fair magazine reports in its April issue.
Among several other claims in the story, Jackson allegedly utilizes a powerful bleaching cream to lighten his skin and uses derogatory terms for fellow African-Americans.
But those aren't necessarily the biggest shockers. Three years ago in Switzerland, says the article, he paid $150,000 to a witch doctor named Baba for a "voodoo curse" on Hollywood moguls Steven Spielberg and David Geffen (whom he blames, in part, for his sinking career) so that they would drop dead within a week.
To bolster the curse, writes Vanity Fair journalist Maureen Orth, Jackson, now 44 and said to be severely in debt, bathed in sheep's blood and had 42 cows slaughtered.
"This is bizarre, but what else is new?" Marvin Levy, a spokesman for Spielberg (who is very much alive, as is Geffen), tells New York's Daily News.
There has been no comment from Geffen. Meanwhile, Jackson's spokesman, Stuart Backerman, told PEOPLE.com Monday that he had just read the article, "but I have no comment. There's nothing to say about that."